Monday Morning Meme: Jan 19th 2009

January 19th Questions:
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1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint? Get rid of all the mold!

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone? How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail? Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area? How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone? Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool?
I am always able to ignore a ringing telephone and let it go to voice mail. I hate talking on the phone because I have a hard time hearing the other person. I try my best to not answer my cell phone when I am driving or in a public place.

3. When did you last go for a bike ride? Do you own a bike? Do you encourage your children to ride bikes? Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not? I don’t own a bike but my son has one. I do have an exercise bike. Once I get my own house I will set it up again. I have not been on a bike ride in 5 or 6 years.

4. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke? Lilacs remind me of my grandparents because they grew lilacs in their yard. Also, fresh baked apple dumplings remind me of my grandparents. Grandma made excellent apple dumplings!

Monday Morning Meme: January 12, 2009

January 12th Questions:
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1. What book is on your nightstand right now? What was the last book you read? How many books do you think you read in 2008? Currently on my nightstand is “Twilight” and I hope I am able to finish it before we start moving. The last book I read was yet another Readers Digest Condensed book. I read at least 40 books in 2008.

2. Name three blogfriends that have inspired you. Now please tell us how these blogfriends have inspired you. I am not brave enough to pick just three.

3. How far do you live from the place where you grew up as a kid? Tell us about the place you grew up – would you choose to go back there and raise your own family (if you have one)? Why or why not? I currently live nearly three hours from “home”, but after I move I will be twelve or so hours away from home. The area I am from is a very small town, that rolls up the sidewalks at 5:00pm. The town has no stoplights, no fast food restaurants, and two small gas stations. I would not and will not raise my own family there since all opportunities are very limited.

4. Finish this line: Absence makes the heart……forget the painful things it has endured.
How long do you think is ‘too long’ to be away from your loved ones? Eight or nine hours each day is too long for me to be away from my children. I would love to be a work from home mom (making good money of course).

Monday Morning Meme: January 5, 2009

January 5th Questions:
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1. What was the last thing you laughed at? Would you say you have a great sense of humor? What sorts of things make you laugh in general? Would you say people “get” your humor? I don’t think I have a great sense of humor and I have not heard anyone say that about me. The last thing I laughed at was during a meeting this morning. I would try to explain but it was one of those “you had to be here” moments.

2. How many pieces of jewelery are you wearing at this very moment? Do you wear jewelry every day, or only on special occasions? What is your favorite piece of jewelery? Tell us the story behind one piece of your jewelery. I have no jewelery on right now and I hardly ever wear jewelery. My favorite piece is a watch but I currently don’t have a watch. I still need to go shopping for one.

3. If you could offer one piece of etiquette advice that everyone should follow when dining out, what would it be? Wipe your mouth while eating and don’t let food hang off of it.

4. What are the first three things a guest would notice when they walked through your front door? My dogs that are competition for attention, the many computer in the living room and the fireplace.

Monday Morning Meme: December 29, 2008

December 29th Questions:
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1. When you are having a bad day, what do you do as a little ‘pick me up’? I like to get away from everyone and absorb myself in a good book or a video game. Or go to my room and hide.

2. How long have you been blogging? Who is your target audience? How often, if at all, do you think about quitting or taking an extended break? I have been blogging for at least 6 years but have only been serious about if for 23 years. I have not thought about quitting but I have thought about taking a break.

3. Think back over the past year. Tell us: five good things that happened in your life, three bad things that happened in your life. Now go through your blog archives and pick five posts that you personally liked/resonated with you, or, you would like to share with your new readers. Link to them, please.
My grandson was born, I got a new job in Wisconsin, I got a raise at my current job and a bonus.

My daughter and grandson moved to Virginia, The Man and I went through a very tough, heartbreaking rough spot in our relationship and I have been in pain 95% of the year.

1. Medical Issues
2. My Introduction
3. Being A Mother
4. Shannon is a Grandmother
5. Jeremiah’s First Easter

4. It’s a new year – a new beginning. Please finish this sentence: I will work very hard to make the following three things happen in 2009: (1) My move to Wisconsin will be smooth and easy. (2) Visit the doctor and get a hysterectomy. (3) Visit the dentist, get all my remaining teeth pulled and get dentures.

Monday Morning Meme: December 22, 2008

December 22nd Questions:
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1. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is stirring … except you, you can’t sleep, and it’s 3:00 o’clock in the morning. What do you do? Lay in bed for a little while hoping I can go back to sleep. If that doesn’t work I will get up and play on my computer (blogging, gaming on Pogo).

2. What is the one attribute that you have that your significant other struggles with? Why do you think he/she struggles with it? Now tell us one attribute that your significant other has that you wish you possessed. Telling the truth, being honest and being faithful are attributes that I have that The Man struggles with. I think he was hurt in the past by his first wife and I feel that he wants revenge but is going about it the wrong way. One attribute that he has that I would like to have is his ability to look at EVERYTHING with a “it will work” attitude.

3. What advice do you have for your next door neighbor? (This would be a good time to air your grievances – or – praise something about your neighbor). Begin with: Dear Neighbor, There is something I’d like to tell you …Please get the junk car out of your yard. It is an eyesore and it blocks my view.

4. If you could live yesterday all over again, what would you do anything differently?Just yesterday? I would have went to the laundry mat earlier in the day and I would have dressed warmer. It was so cold!

Monday Morning Meme (Late)

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December 8th Questions:
1. What did you do over the weekend?
The weekend went by to fast. Saturday we sat around the house and played World of Warcraft and other video games. The Man is still sick/has health issues so we don’t do too much outside of the home. Sunday, Son and I went to Wal Mart, the Laundry Mat, Sonic and McDonalds. I really need to get my washer and dryer fixed (or replaced).

2. If it weren’t for my blog, I’d spend more time working (when I am at work) or more time reading.

3. When was the last time you replied “because I said so”? Do you find yourself saying that a lot? Or do you prefer to tell people WHY you want them to do something for you.
I say it to my son and to The Man often. But at work I would rather tell them why I want them to do something.

4. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received? Tell us the story behind it. Now tell us the worst gift you’ve ever given. What was the reaction of the recipient?
The worse gift I guess I have ever received was absolutely nothing…it was if I was not even a blip on the radar. This has happened many times on my birthday, at Christmas and even on Valentine’s Day. I do my best to not stress about it but it really does hurt my feelings.

Monday Morning Meme: July 21, 2008

Monday Morning Meme
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1. Have you ever played hooky (from school or work)? If so, what excuse did you use to get out of school/work? What did you do instead of going to school/work? How often do you play hooky? If you’ve never played hooky, why not? What one thing HAS to happen before you would consider playing hooky (again)? Has your significant other every played hooky? If so, tell us about it. If not, why not? Has anyone you known ever gotten caught playing hooky? I have played hooky from school (many many years ago) and from work. During school years I just said I was sick. When I skipped work I would also say I was sick but added a cough or two in there when talking to the boss. In my current job I have only played hooky one time because I was so tired that all I wanted to do was sleep. So, I went home and slept the rest of the day. Nothing HAS to happen before I would consider playing hooky. There is no need for me to play hooky. I have a job that I get paid for and I intend to do that job to the best of my ability.

2. I can’t tell you the number of posts I read from bloggers who were going to BlogHer about what sorts of clothes they were going to pack for the trip. If you went (or wanted to go) to BlogHer, describe the outfit you did, or would have, worn for the first day of the conference. Remember, first impressions are everything (most of the time) so you want to impress your blogging buddies. Don’t forget to describe your shoes/accessories! Better yet, link us to your outfit so we can “see” what you’re talking about. Why did you pick this particular ensemble? I would dress in something that I am comfortable in. If I am comfortable in my clothes then I will be comfortable with the people I meet and have more confidence in myself. I would probably wear a black pant suit with black dress shoes. I hate skirts and dresses and I probably would not carry a big purse nor have many accessories.

3. If you could be guaranteed an honest answer to three questions, what questions would you ask, and who would you ask them of? I would ask Steve, my boyfriend, the three questions. Those three questions would be, “Why?”, “How many times?”, and “Will you change your ways?”

4. If you could give a single piece of advice to the film industry in Hollywood, what would you say? If you were a powerful film producer, what sorts of films would you produce? Why? My one piece of advice would be…”Instead of producing films that you THINK the public wants, produce films that the public actually like. Go out and poll the masses to find out why we like and what we are tired of seeing.